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At your4legs our key aim is to enable as many animals as possible to feel the benefits of good therapy work. Therefore, the key objectives of this course are to ensure that students gain the necessary theory knowledge and practical skills to become competent and professional canine physiotherapists, enabling students to turn their passion into a career. 

During the course the following key areas will be covered:

  • X13 canine anatomy and physiology systems
  • The physiotherapy process – from veterinary referral through to aftercare advise.
  • Gait and static assessment and understanding lameness
  • Key illnesses, injuries and conditions specific to breed type and activity
  • Adapting massage techniques to warm up and activate muscles prior to activity
  • Adapting massage techniques to cool down muscles and help remove toxins after activity 
  • Building a rehabilitation therapy routine using hands-on techniques
  • Building rehabilitation plans to aid in recovery and ongoing maintenance
  • Deep tissue massage techniques
  • Soft tissue rolling (Designed by your4legs during extensive practise and results over more than 10 years of therapy work)
  • Light Touch Release (LTR) Techniques (Designed by your4legs)
  • Working the bladder meridian
  • Limb stretches and range of motion related to canine rehabilitation
  • Joint mobilisation techniques
  • The use of physiotherapeutic devices and therapy exercise tools
  • Health and safety around dogs and correct technique application to look after yourself as a therapist for the long term
  • Understanding and establishing trust with the dog
  • Legal practice - complying with the Veterinary Act 1966 and Exemptions Order 2015
  • Support with Veterinary report writing
  • Managing the clients’ expectations and Communication with the veterinary community
  • Developing a new business

 

The finer details

The course includes 6 home study blocks and 20 intense hands-on practical days.

 

The course pack includes a comprehensive textbook designed specifically for the course by the your4legs team, together with a workbook which contains questions related to each home study block. The questions need to be completed by the student as part of their home study and marks will count towards their final theory mark.

Students need to complete the following additional work to ensure they gain the necessary skills and experience to become canine physiotherapists –

  • Case studies
  • A project on a subject of their choice that is related to canine therapy
  • A work placement of 20 days (160 hours) in a canine therapy related discipline.

There is a final written exam and 2 practical assessments. The practicals are marked by an external assessor to ensure consistency of quality.

The home study blocks are designed to give students the necessary understanding of 13 key anatomy systems including the musculoskeletal system, the fundamentals of therapy and the theory of the physiotherapy process – from veterinary referral through static and gait assessment to the physiotherapy session and building rehabilitation plans. Students will learn key illnesses, injuries and conditions related to body shape, activity and breed type and will learn the use of a range of physiotherapeutic devices and exercise tools. Students will also learn the key aspects of building their own business.

The 20 practical days encompass learning and practicing over 30 hands-on therapy techniques as well as the physiotherapy process – from veterinary referral to building rehabilitation plans and the use of physiotherapeutic devices and exercise tools, including a visit to a hydrotherapy centre. There will also be a range of lectures to enhance the learning from the home study blocks, including gait and static assessments, the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, the veterinary diagnostic process and the role of physiotherapy during rehabilitation.

 

 

Delivery method

Classroom and practical observation and assessment

Recognised by

Approved by the BCMA (British Complementary Medical Association) Recognised by the IAAT (International Association of Animal Therapies) as acceptable for student / practitioner membership of the IAAT

Who should attend?

 

  • Those who are already qualified as therapists and wish to learn additional therapy skills
  • Adults looking for a career change
  • Veterinary professionals – vets and vet nurses
  • Those already working within the canine industry and wishing to broaden their skills and add to their passion – for example behaviourists, trainers, dog groomers and breeders.

 

What will be covered?

At your4legs our key aim is to enable as many animals as possible to feel the benefits of good therapy work. Therefore, the key objectives of this course are to ensure that students gain the necessary theory knowledge and practical skills to become competent and professional canine physiotherapists, enabling students to turn their passion into a career. 

During the course the following key areas will be covered:

  • X13 canine anatomy and physiology systems
  • The physiotherapy process – from veterinary referral through to aftercare advise.
  • Gait and static assessment and understanding lameness
  • Key illnesses, injuries and conditions specific to breed type and activity
  • Adapting massage techniques to warm up and activate muscles prior to activity
  • Adapting massage techniques to cool down muscles and help remove toxins after activity 
  • Building a rehabilitation therapy routine using hands-on techniques
  • Building rehabilitation plans to aid in recovery and ongoing maintenance
  • Deep tissue massage techniques
  • Soft tissue rolling (Designed by your4legs during extensive practise and results over more than 10 years of therapy work)
  • Light Touch Release (LTR) Techniques (Designed by your4legs)
  • Working the bladder meridian
  • Limb stretches and range of motion related to canine rehabilitation
  • Joint mobilisation techniques
  • The use of physiotherapeutic devices and therapy exercise tools
  • Health and safety around dogs and correct technique application to look after yourself as a therapist for the long term
  • Understanding and establishing trust with the dog
  • Legal practice - complying with the Veterinary Act 1966 and Exemptions Order 2015
  • Support with Veterinary report writing
  • Managing the clients’ expectations and Communication with the veterinary community
  • Developing a new business

 

Other areas of interest

NOTE:

Under the Veterinary Surgeons Act of 1966, it is imperative that ONLY qualified therapists should complete therapy sessions on other people’s animals and that ALL qualified Therapists should seek confirmation from the relevant veterinary surgeon prior to performing therapy on an animal. In addition, Therapists should not legally make a diagnosis, but can give a professional opinion.

 

The Veterinary Act of 1966 was put in place to regulate the treatment of animals. Under its provisions, it is only Veterinary Surgeons who may legally diagnose, prescribe and advise on the basis of a diagnosis and perform surgery on animals.

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